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We are currently recruiting for a Senior Communications Officer.  Read the position description below to find out more about this exciting role and to learn how to apply.

Senior Communications Officer

  • Part-time opportunity, four days per week (negotiable)
  • Two year contract with possibility of extension
  • Great office located in Sydney, NSW with a hybrid approach to work
  • Not for profit sector with great salary packaging benefits


About the Institute and Prevention Centre

The Sax Institute is an independent, not for profit organisation that improves health and wellbeing by driving better use of evidence in policies, programs and services.

The Institute has an international reputation as an Evidence Specialist, and nearly 20 years’ experience in translating research findings into policy drawing on our own expertise as well as that of our more than 50 member organisations. We work with governments, health organisations, research organisations and a network of experts nationwide to analyse policy problems and find the best evidence-based solutions.

The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (the Prevention Centre) is embedded as a Centre at the Sax Institute. Through our partnerships, the Prevention Centre aims to better inform policy and program decision-making about what works in preventing chronic disease and in more effective implementation of prevention approaches.

Our office is based in Glebe, Sydney and we offer great flexible and remote working arrangements. We come to the office for a purpose—to connect and to collaborate—with flexibility to choose your location of work outside these times. Our staff employee engagement survey showed our staff are proud to work here at the Institute and would recommend it as a great place to work. Read on to learn how to join the team!

About the role

With brilliant work happening through the Prevention Centre, a fantastic opportunity exists for a Senior Communications Officer to join our team. Reporting to the Director, Science Communication, this collaborative role will write, edit and produce high-quality communications about the Prevention Centre, its work and people.

This is a great role for someone who is truly passionate about writing and has an ability to turn complex concepts quickly and efficiently into targeted messages for diverse audiences.

Although no two days will be the same, responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the writing and production of content with a focus on knowledge translation for policy and practice organisations
  • Leading the production of the Centre’s e-newsletters, The Chronicle and Prevention Post
  • Maintaining and developing content daily for the Prevention Centre website
  • Horizon scanning for issues and trends in chronic disease prevention in the media
  • Maintaining social media accounts including X and LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube
  • Providing journalistic style writing and editorial support, internally and externally
  • Managing events promotion, marketing and social media coverage
  • Supporting and developing capabilities in research communication capacity internally and externally.

Selection criteria


Our new Senior Communications Officer will be able to show the following skills and experience:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Journalism, Communication, Media studies or related area with at least 10 years’ experience in a writing or editorial role
  • Highly effective writing skills, with the ability to translate complex information into clear, interesting and relevant content for a variety of audiences
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience managing multiple social media accounts such as X, Instagram, and LinkedIn
  • Creativity and the ability to generate compelling ideas and copy from scientific content
  • Proficiency in working with range of communication technologies and platforms such as Canva, Adobe Suite, YouTube, and WordPress.
  • Identify with the Centre’s values of collaboration, independence, innovation and respect

Although experience in health writing and the public health space more broadly would be ideal, we understand that experience gained in other industries would be relevant too.

Further details

If this sounds interesting, please click here  to read more about the position.

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter addressing the Selection Criteria to [email protected]  with the subject heading: Senior Communications Officer.

Please contact the Prevention Centre if you have further questions about the role at [email protected]

Applications close: 5pm, 28 July 2024.

The Sax Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.